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East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart | [Susan Butler]

East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart

The image we have of Amelia Earhart today - a tousle-haired, androgynous flier clad in shirt, silk scarf, leather jacket, and goggles - is only one of her many personas, most of which have been lost to us through the years. Through years of research and interviews with many of the surviving people who knew Amelia, Susan Butler has recreated a remarkably vivid and multifaceted portrait of this enigmatic figure.
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Publisher's Summary

The image we have of Amelia Earhart today - a tousle-haired, androgynous flier clad in shirt, silk scarf, leather jacket, and goggles - is only one of her many personas, most of which have been lost to us through the years. Through years of research and interviews with many of the surviving people who knew Amelia, Susan Butler has recreated a remarkably vivid and multifaceted portrait of this enigmatic figure. Listeners will experience Amelia in all her permutations: not just as a pilot, but also as an educator, a social worker, a lecturer, a businesswoman, and a tireless promoter of women's rights. We experience a remarkably energetic and enterprising woman who battled incredible odds to achieve her fame, succeeded beyond her wildest dreams, and yet never lost sight of her beginnings, ensuring that her success would secure a path for women after her.

©1997 Susan Butler; (P)1998 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Certainly the single best book that we now have on Earhart's life....Earhart comes into sharper, more realistic focus through Butler's lens." (Washington Post)
"Filled with wonderful details about Earhart's glamorous lifestyle and the wild, dangerous world of early aviators....the still enthralling figure of the aviator...powerfully come[s] through." (Kirkus Reviews)
"The reader closes East to the Dawn with the lingering realization of how truly contemporary Amelia Earhart remains and with a new understanding of the love and admiration she earned from colleagues and the public at large....her insistence on being her own person while fighting for causes larger than herself continue to command our respect and fuel our dreams." (Los Angeles Times)

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    chc94 04-11-15
    chc94 04-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Educational, well-written and touching"

    I bought this audiobook because I wanted something interesting for my commute. I got it in this bio. It's very very detailed (who knew that Amelia went to school in Philly?! I didn't!) and recounts her entire family - sisters, cousins, parents and all the issues that come with them. My first thought was, "Why are you telling me about these people? Why should I care?"

    The reason is this: by learning about Amelia's origins and formative years, you learn why she became the woman she was.

    We all know the end - her plane was lost near Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean. But the author very nicely fills in the blanks.

    Finding out 'the rest' just makes her disappearance all the more heartbreaking.

    A must-read for anyone interested in stories of influential women, history or aviation.

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    Carol M. Schleif Buffalo, MN USA 04-04-15
    Carol M. Schleif Buffalo, MN USA 04-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the book hate the audible download"

    Which malfunctioned in the middle and would not let me finish blah blah blah can't even submit a realistic review

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    Kimberly J Fabre, DDS Bradenton, FL 04-25-10
    Kimberly J Fabre, DDS Bradenton, FL 04-25-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous!"

    Wonderfully researched biography. Outstanding narration. I feel I have vicariously lived a piece of exciting history that I previously knew little about. I am going a second round to be further inspired by Amelia and the other women flyers of her time. Should be required reading/listening for girls and young women!

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    nancy Panama City, FL, United States 07-08-09
    nancy Panama City, FL, United States 07-08-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Excessive Glorification Not Deserved"

    An interesting read but the author spends the first half describing how our heroine lies, cheats, misrepresents herself to get jobs, positions that she does not deserve, e.g., three months at a university that offers an engineering degree justifies putting engineer BSEE on her resume.

    Lying to get a position she did not deserve, parlays that into meeting influential and wealthy people just so she can claim to be the first woman across the Atlantic while she sat on a pile of gas cans behind the pilot and co-pilot to get a female version of Charles Lindberghs;s recognition is ludicrous.

    The author finishes up with an unabashed glorification of how streets, towns and even airports were named after her. I guess the message is marry money; throw in a big dash of deception to get what you want is OK.

    Other than that it is an easy read.

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    Lynn 07-28-14
    Lynn 07-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Do we need to hear every detail?"
    Any additional comments?

    Clearly the author did her research but instead of choosing what to put into the story to make it interesting she put in what seems like every detail anyone ever shared with her about Amelia and her family. And she says over and over 'and even 70 - or 60 or whatever - years later' this person 'still remembers" what ever tiny detail "about Amelia." Often she sites a detail I can remember about people I knew as a child that were NOT famous 15 years after we played together. The narrator seems bored, poor inflection and poor flow in reading the story. Tired to get through more than a few hours, then had to ask myself, why? And stopped it right there.

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    Marylou Bend, OR, United States 05-13-10
    Marylou Bend, OR, United States 05-13-10
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    "talk about minutiae!!!!"

    This author did NOT leave out any detail... talk about OVERKILL!!! INFORMATION OVERLOAD. This book could have done without 75% of the writing that the author seemed to somehow feel made a difference in the telling of this story. It made a difference all right... One cannot wait to check this book back into the libary... mundane minutiae!!!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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